The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - Mathematics - 239 pages
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"Like the original, Ian Stewart's commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey. With clarity and wit, Stewart illuminates Abbott's numerous Victorian references, weaves in little known biographical information about Abbott and his intellectual circle - elucidating Abbott's remarkable connections to H. G. Wells and the mathematician George Boole - and traced the scientific evolution of geometric forms and dimensions." "In addition, Stewart provides an extensive bibliography of Abbott's work and that of Charles Howard Hinton, whose wild but ingenious speculations about the fourth dimension undoubtedly inspired Abbott's fable."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

THE ANNOTATED FLATLAND
1
Introduction by illiam Garnett
9
Preface to the Second and Revised Edition 1884 bythe Editor
21
THIS WORl D
29
Of the Nature of Flatland
33
Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
38
Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
43
Concerning the Women
49
Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition
90
Concerning our Priests
97
Of the Doctrine of our Priests
101
OTHER K ORl DS
111
How I had a Vision of Lineland
113
How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland
121
of Flatland1
125
Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland
129

Of our Methods of Recognizing one another
57
Of Recognition by Sight
65
Concerning Irregular Figures
73
Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
79
Of the Universal Colour Bill
84
Of the Universal Colour Bill
88
How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland
136
How the Sphere having in vain tried words resorted to deeds
149
In the first edition this is 14 How in my Vision I endeavoured to explain the nature of Ratland but could not
165
The Fourth Dimension in Mathematics
203
Bibliography of Edwin Abbott Abbott
231
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Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838-1926) has been ranked as one of the leading scholars and theologians of the Victorian era. He received highest honors in mathematics, classics, and theology at St. John's College, Cambridge, and in 1862 began a brilliant career, during which he served as schoolmaster of some of England's outstanding schools. At the same time he distinguished himself as a scholar, and in 1889 he retired to his studies. Although "Flatland, a literary jeu d'esprit, " has given pleasure to thousands of readers over many generations, Abbott is best known for his scholarly works, especially his "Shakespearian Grammar "and his life of Francis Bacon, and for a number of theological discussions.

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University in England. His many books include Does God Play Dice?, The collapse of Chaos (with Jack Cohen), Game, Set and Math, and Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (with Martin Golubitsky). He contributed to a wide range of newspapers and
magazines, and writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column of Scientific American.

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